"Alex has true grit and is already showing great pace. We welcome him to the team and look forward to many race wins this season."

Horsham racer, Alex Reed, got his bid for the 2017 British GT Championship off to a sensational start by recovering a hard-fought victory from a drama-filled Bank Holiday weekend at the picturesque Oulton Park circuit (15-17 April).

Reed was first behind the wheel of the #51 Lanan Racing Ginetta in Round 1 of the 2017 British GT Championship, which ran under leaden skies on Bank Holiday Monday (17 April).

From 16th and last on the ultra-competitive British GT4 grid, Reed dispatched no fewer than eight rivals on the narrow and twisting Oulton Park circuit to join a monumental five-car fight for fourth position prior to the compulsory driver-changes.

The majority ducked into the pits at the first opportunity, but Reed extended his stint and made good use of a clear track to turn in two blistering lap times before passing the reins to teammate, David Pittard.

Reed had made significant strides during a stellar stint that was more representative of his and Lanan Racing’s true form and his hard work enabled Lanan Racing to leapfrog another two GT4 competitors in the stops.

Now sixth in class, Pittard chased down and passed the fifth-placed McLaren 570S of Joe Osborne, despite struggling with a diminishing grip levels on a damp, but drying track, concluding a superb exercise in damage limitation.

The roles were reversed for Round 2, Pittard taking the first stint from third on the GT4 grid and Reed picking up the baton and closing the race for Lanan Racing.

The battle for the GT4 victory was intense from start-to-finish. Pittard emerged from the opening lap in fourth and under the rear wing of Scott Malvern, who fell out of contention when he made contact with a rival.

Lanan Racing was a big beneficiary of the incident and was unrelenting in its pursuit of P2 but, unable to displace the 570S on-track, an early and swift driver-change was needed.

Precise pit work placed the #51 entry at the head of GT4 and, while an uncharacteristic, yet graceful pirouette caused Reed to lose one place on the road, the Horsham-based racer recovered well and found himself sharing the top step of the podium with teammate Pittard, after an opponent was disqualified for a pit lane infringement.

A thrilled Reed summed up the day’s events by saying: “Insane! Crazy! It’s the only way I can describe it. In race two, I emerged from my stop in the lead and I then performed the greatest spin and letting a McLaren pass me. I kept a cool head and concentrated on keeping it clean thereafter, but the McLaren was then disqualified and we found ourselves on the top step of the podium. It was the craziest of races – it has been pretty manic all weekend long and I hope the driving standards improve from now on. David (Pittard) was a champ throughout and the Lanan Racing team did a typically great job. This was a good bit of damage limitation after a difficult start to the weekend and we’ve collected the most points we could have hoped for. I’m delighted and it’s a good step towards achieving our objective of winning the British GT4 title.”

Round 3 of the 2017 British GT Championship will be held at Rockingham Motor Speedway on 29-30 April.

The October 19th issue of Motorsport News contained the season review of British GT amongst other articles.

Alex was pleasantly surprised to be rated the Number 1 driver in GT4 class for the year.

See attached article.

ALEX TOP RATED GT4

First pole position for Alex in GT4-AM qualifying at Snetterton.

Fastest Ginetta and P3 for Joey in GT4-Pro.

Lining up P1 and P3 for the two one hour races is an amazing start to the weekend.

Full report to follow.